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Nice work out! Up the mountain most of the way. Fantastic view at the top. Bring some lunch and enjoy the food and view. Took me 1 hr and 10 min. I took my time, pictures and chatted w fellow hikers.
Back down it took me 30 min.

very nice trail.challenging your at an steep incline tge whole way.watch your step you dont wanna fall. the view is worth it.

try to get this hike in once a year! love the view

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike for my family! Somewhat challenging for my 9 and 6 year old but nothing unattainable! The view at the top, including from the fire tower and the nearby bench were wonderful even on a hazy day! The trails were well marked and a nice blend of natural rocks, small slopes, tree roots, etc. Watch your step and you will be good!

Did it with my 4 and half year old daughter. The end of the trail is steep and combine with the half hour rain it will be an hard trip for my girl. We did it in aughust and we collected blueberry and raspberry. She did not like that the tower is close. Honestly, this hike was too hard for her. The last half on our way back she sleep in my arms. An apologyse father.

Fantastic trail. Hiked with 8 & 9 year old, they did great. Beautiful view.

Did this hike a couple days ago, was great. Did it with two dogs they loved it. Only three other people logged in that day. Wasn’t too bad, took us about an hour 15 to get up and it’s a great trail to jog down.

This is a great hike with a great view and fire tower at the top. Not too difficult for a Saranac 6 peak. Great trail and rewarding.

Love this hike. Dislike the crowds.

The fire tower is a great reward at the end of the trail, but at some places there are slippery and/or loose rocks that make the way back down challenging. No plateaus or view points anywhere except at the top. Only a few very steep moments. With many water breaks and a 15 minute rest at the fire tower we clocked in at around 5 hours out and back. Best part was that it is mostly shaded the whole time which made the length bearable. Watch your footing as we did see a baby copperhead on the trail (surely mom was close by).

Was able to do the whole trail right around 2 hours up and down. Definitely a great trail for the short distance.

It was a challenge and there was a lot of lovely fauna to see including a fresh water spring. Nice views at the top and when you’re done you’ll feel like you had a good day in nature and have gotten some great exercise too.

Good easy hike with family and small dog!

Hiked this trail on 8-2-18. It is.not difficult for anyone in normal health I was with two 50 that were able to easily complete the trip.
The trail was well maintained. The views are very nice. There is some interesting moss hanging from the trees. More like something you’d see in Louisiana. The top was busy with people chatting and relaxing. The fire tower offered nice views to many lakes and ponds as well as the mountains. I had binoculars with me which mad viewing even better.
I would do this hike again.

hiking
11 days ago

The entrance to the trailhead is crazy. We came in a jeep so it was a lot of fun, but I don't know how some of the smaller cars made it, there are some pretty big pot holes and none of it is paved. This hike was a lot harder than I had expected. I had read the reviews, but still figured it wouldn't be too bad since it was such a short hike. The trail was is good condition, but the tower needed some work. Toward the top of the tower it was completely open no chicken wire, etc around the stairs. The tower was locked but you can still climb up for great views. The bottom of the tower is all rock so it's a nice spot to sit and eat lunch before your way down. It had just rained all week before we went so it was a little slippery but overall a fun hike!

This hike is not long or difficult but is a little challenging. Some definite climbing on rock and do not ever try hike without proper footwear especially if it’s wet. The trail can be a little confusing at times and you will really need to look for the markers. Some stepper rock climbs in the middle of the trail. The really nice thing about the hike is the sneak peak views you get of the lakes while climbing to the top. Of course the best view is saved for last and the tower is open.

Nice trail with a variety of scenery and picturesque waterfalls. The trail was very faint in places the first couple miles, but the blue markers helped. Some good views in spots at the summit, but it would be so much better if the fire tower were accessible. A gradual accent with no really steep sections. I really liked this hike to get away from the crowds.

I really enjoyed this hike, especially the views on the trail. Unfortunately clouds came in after we got to the summit so we did not get the best view from the top. However, I would definitely do this hike again!

Great hike for all ages and pups as well! Very easy and short hike. Great for beginners.

Trail was very enjoyable and a little challenging at the summit because of the rock scramble at the end. In addition to the great view from the summit, even without going up the tower, there are several nice views on the way up. Got hit with a pretty good thunderstorm on the way down but it’s all part of the learning curve I’m going through. In this case, don’t pack your rain gear at the bottom of your pack.

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hiking
14 days ago

A very well-maintained trail with beautiful views from the fire tower. We thought it was perfect; challenging but not too steep. We arrived at 10:30am on a Saturday in early August. The parking lot was half full. When we finished, the lot was nearly full. Out and back took us 3 hours with a leisurely break at the top. We met a lot of friendly hikers. We stopped at the Adirondack Interpretive Center for a picnic lunch on the way home.

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice short hike. The Steward was very nice and informative. Not my favorite fire tower view, but still quite nice.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike! The last part is definitely a bit challenging, but fine if you take your time. We had the mountain to ourselves at 7:30 AM on a Friday — just passed a few groups on our way down. My 12 year-old son wanted me to warn you all about the cobwebs this early though!

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike and work out! I’m in fairly decent shape already but this made my thighs burn a little and I had a nice sweat by the time I reached the top. It took me an hour with 3 stops for water. On the way back down I didn’t stop and made it in 27 min. It’s all up the mountain and lots of rocks and roots. Not too many places are flat until you get closer to the top. The view is incredible. Make sure you go to the top of the fire tower and take pictures. You won’t want to miss that! I will be back again!

hiking
16 days ago

Very wet trail and top of fire tower is locked

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Not a fan of climbing fire towers but I did it! Worth every step!

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike. Brought friends and kids (3 and 5 yrs old). This was the first hike ever for the kids and they did great! 5 year old walked the whole way and the 3 yr old made it almost the whole way up, and did make it the whole way down. Volunteer at the cabin at the top wrote them little certificates for climbing the fire tower, which the kids LOVED. Hiked as first of the Tupper Lake Triad.

2nd time up Hurricane, first was the Northern approach, which was a huge challenge. This trail was so much easier. Well maintained, marked so well it’s unbelievable. This mountain has really become my favorite. The 360 views are spectacular.

tougher then we thought. rain made the hike more technical. very nice view from the fire tower.

Nice hike for the family. For us, it was easy- not something I’d remark as moderate- as we do a great deal of hikes. We checked in early to beat the rush. It’s a popular hike, especially during peak season. Our son loved it. Had no issues making our way to the fire tower and back in a reasonable amount of time. Going up we passed no one, however coming down we passed so many! If you want to beat the crowd, definitely get there early.

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